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Stories of Suicide: Myths, Risks, and Help-Seeking in the Creative Community

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September 8--14 is National Suicide Prevention Week, an annual campaign sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology that recognizes suicide as a major public health concern and promotes the message that suicide deaths can be preventable. In the U.S. alone, nearly 40,000 people take their own lives each year. That's an average of 105 deaths per day. Yet, unlike the campaigns focused on the 9 other leading causes of death, suicide prevention isn't just about raising funds and improving treatment. Suicide is associated with stigma and misconceptions that often close the dialogue and prevent us from learning how we can overcome this epidemic. We don't talk about it. We are scared to ask about it. We simply don't know what to do.

It is undeniable that all of us are thinking about suicide. We thought about it when Hank Pym (Ant-Man) contemplated ending his life after years of stress on his constantly-morphing body. We thought about it when Roy Harper (Red Arrow) was tormented by his phantom limb pain and overdosed on painkillers. We thought about it when Bruce Banner confessed that he could no longer withstand the internal destruction caused by the Hulk, but when he put a bullet in his mouth, "the other guy spit it out." Everyone who's read Neil Gaiman's The Sandman can stand up. You've thought about it, too. Constantine. Deadshot. Mr. Terrific. Rorschach. Nearly every character in The Walking Dead. The list of narratives goes on, some more explicit than others.

Fiction is one of the most common ways we openly explore suicidality and connect with feelings of hopelessness, despair, and depression. Comics allow us to participate in the subversive in a way that is culturally acceptable. We break that rule and seem to enter a place of insecurity and isolation when we begin admitting our own feelings of anguish and thoughts of self-harm.

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Ask Chris #1,000,000: DC’s Greatest Crossover

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Q: Why is DC One Million the best crossover ever? -- @SerialWordsmith

A: Whenever I'm asked about my favorite DC crossover, the one that I always go with is Invasion!, and I think there's a pretty good argument you can make. It's done in three oversized issues, so it's quick but still feels like an epic story since they're all 80-page giants, it has a great use of some often-neglected parts of DC's cosmic side, and there are pretty fantastic tie-ins from creators doing career-best work on books like Suicide Squad and Animal Man, and it really did add something interesting to the DC Universe.

Then someone mentions DC One Million and I realize that yeah, I'm wr-- I'm mista-- I'm misremembering things, because it's definitely the best. I mean, it's not just the best DC crossover, but it's probably the single best crossover in all of superhero comics.

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Grant Morrison: The ‘Action Comics’ Exit Interview

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There is no denying Grant Morrison is one of the premiere voices in the comic book industry today. Whether he is crafting stories about interdimensional, alien gods enslaving humanity or just reinventing the Justice League for a new generation, it is clear the man is a visionary. Particu

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Remembering ‘All Star Superman’ On World Suicide Prevention Day

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The World Health Organization reports that suicide is one of the three leading causes of death for people aged 15-44, and estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide. Statistics show a 60% increase in suicides over the last 45 years, w

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Chip Kidd’s Luxurious, Custom ‘All-Star Superman’ and ‘Batman & Robin’ Books [Video]

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Graphic designer Chip Kidd has long been admired for his prodigious collection of DC Comics books and merchandise, particularly that which he compiled in the popular Batman Collected coffee table book. Responsible for the trade dress of DC's A

Dwayne McDuffie, R.I.P. [UPDATED]

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Comic Book Resources reported Tuesday that prolific comics writer and animation producer Dwayne McDuffie passed away as the result of "complications due to a surgical procedure performed Monday evening." The sad news comes on the same day that the All-Star Superman animated feature went on sale in North Amer

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 23, 2011: End of Four, Multiple Sevens, All of Zero

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Gloves
^ Moustaches
% Eyebrows
¢ Oaths

% ¢ ACTION COMICS #898
Paul Cornell and Pete Woods' Lex Luthor serial continues to slither toward its clima

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The ‘All Star Superman’ Animated Movie: One of the Best [Review]

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This week, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All Star Superman became the latest DC Comics storyline to be made into an animated feature, and for many fans, myself included, this felt like something that was going a step beyond the stories they've adapted in the past.

All Star Superman isn

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Animated ‘All-Star Superman’ Blu-ray Gets Exclusive Action Figure at Best Buy

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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's celebrated All-Star Superman got the toy treatment from DC Direct back in 2008 with versions of The Man of Steel and Lois Lane (as Superwoman) and will be joined by a Superman and Bizarro collector set this week,

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On the Red Carpet With Christina Hendricks, Dwayne McDuffie and the ‘All-Star Superman’ Cast [Video]

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The animated adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's critically-acclaimed All-Star Superman series premiered this past Monday with a red carpet event at the Paley Center in New York City. ComicsAlliance spoke wit

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